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You may have heard it before ‘Eat a Rainbow for Health’.

 

Eating a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables does offer our bodies a wide variety of nutrients and vitamins all vital for good health. Moreover, eating colourful fruits and vegetables are said to lower the risks of cancer and even stroke.

On the other hand, we hear all the time that “white foods” have no nutritional value and should be avoided. In all honesty, when it comes to “white bread” and “white sugar,” there is some validity to the claim because there are certainly better, more healthful options, such as a whole grain bread.   Pretty colours aside, how about those fruits and vegetables that are white? Well, the good thing is, they are not pale by comparison. Count white foods also as they may very well cut your stroke risk in half.

Ok, before you start thinking cauliflower, white mushrooms, garlic… Wait a minute. When we say ‘White’ fruits and vegetables, you need to think “white” under the skin (e.g., apples, pears and bananas, cucumbers, and the list goes on). Still in doubt, here’s how and why you should be eating your “Whites” today:

 

Cauliflower.  Deemed one of the hottest trends of the year. Along with the other members of the cruciferous family, like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts, cauliflower contains sulfur compounds linked to benefits such as fighting cancer, strengthening bone tissue, and maintaining healthy blood vessels.

Mushrooms. Brace yourself, this is a miracle worker !: Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free. Mushrooms are also hearty and filling so they can help you control your weight without compromising taste. And they’re a rich source of umami, the fifth basic taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour which helps simple dishes come alive.

To read more, click here: Eat Your Whites!

(Source:  Eat Your (White) Vegetables!  posted in everydayhealth.com By Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN)

 

To read more about food and nutrition, follow this link: https://www.positivehealthwellness.com/diet-nutrition/

 

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My journey to wellness started just a little over 2 years ago when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Pre-cancer, I considered myself a healthy person.  However, after looking at my diet, I decided that I needed make some big changes in order to reduce inflammation and boost my immune system to fight the cancer. The first step in my journey was to source fresh, organic produce – not as easy as it sounds.

This is when I came across SG Organic.  Their products looked great and the prices were reasonable.  I could also order online and have fresh vegetables delivered each week to my door step.  This was a huge advantage for me especially as I was undergoing my cancer treatments.

Ever since, I’ve continued to get a juicing box and fresh vegetables delivered on a weekly basis.

It’s so convenient!  Thank you SG Organic!

 

Amy Neary

from Central Singapore

 

Amy Neary

 

From Central Singapore

Thanks for all your support. We’ve received such over whelming response for our Mother’s Day contest. We’re posting the shortlisted entries on fb (facebook.com/sgorganic) for your voting.

Pls ‘like’ to vote by this Friday (6 May, 5pm). Attractive prizes to be won! Pls share and get your friends to vote too !

 

  1. Letter to mum from Ms Emelynn Siah:

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“For the past 3 years, she had to go through a huge amount of stress with both her parents (my grandparents) as both of them suddenly got critically ill and sadly left us. In this process, I saw my mum waking up earlier to cook for my grandparents, my brother and myself. She is a working mother who works from 8.30 am till late daily. Hence waking up at 5 am every morning to cook 3 meals separately for us was one aspect I admired and respected her for. She didn’t have to do it, she could have just called for food delivery or bought takeout but she did it because she loved us and did not want us to eat unhealthy food.

Two years ago, she had a major operation that lasted 10 hours. Everyone was afraid we might lose our mother, thankfully she was a huge organic fan and had consumed all the natural foods way before the operation. To our relief, the tumour was not cancerous due to her healthy eating. But to go through a 10-hour operation, was scary for both herself and our family and friends. I’m really happy that she is healthy as ever now.

My mother is someone who has selfless love. She always thinks positively, and is there whenever I feel down or in need of guidance. She is someone who has been through a lot and I feel she should deserve a present for all the effort she has given to everyone in keeping them safe.”

 

2. Letter to Mum from Ms Jo-Ann Tan:

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“Three years flew by without hearing your voice, without you by my side, without you to assure me that everything will be fine when I faced challenges.

Your departure taught me to let go… something I will never want to do L

Mum, you taught me patience, you taught me values, you taught me to face all challenges as they come positively. Mum, I am doing exactly what you taught me and I am doing fine. J

I thank God for sending such a wonderful mother to me and I cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With the huge respect and love I had for you mum, I just want to say “I Love You Dearly Mummy!”

 

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Did you know that this is a fruit and a vegetable too?

Did you know that you can eat the rind and seed as well?

Did you know that it can cure muscle soreness?

 

Find out more about the amazing watermelon at  Mercola.com (information courtesy of Mercola.com)

To get some, click here: http://sgorganic.sg/categories/watermelon-500g/

 

 


 1. A New Thing

 

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With a  new  year comes new experiences. For  us here at SG Organic we have a lot of new  experiences to look forward to. We are  working on new  products, new programs, and much more! The first of  these new changes to appear is this  newsletter. Over the next year and in the  future we will share information,  special deals, recipe ideas and other useful  tips and tricks for your organic lifestyle  twice a month. We look forward to help you bring wellness into your life and share our little tips and tricks with you along the way. Just as our fruits and veggies help create a variety in your diet we want to make an extra effort by sharing information and recipes with you here and through our social media accounts!

 

As we just ended the first month of 2016, maybe some of us are still hung over from the New Year parties, maybe others are still penning their New Year resolutions, and still others have already given up on half the list of resolutions… If you’re still struggling with New Year resolutions, well, my recommendation is forget about resolutions! Who keeps all of them anyway?  So why tear your hair out over a list of high and lofty ‘Must do’ for the year only to be disappointed and feeling guilty over ‘undone’ resolutions?

 

So what then?  Well, simple, go out there and live life like you’ve never lived before by creating the life you love. It’s all about seizing the day, following your dreams.

Impossible? As the saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles start from a small step, then dare to take that step.  It’s a new year, how about starting a new thing in your life? And to start a new thing, we need to have a clean slate.  Life is too short to travel with excess baggage of the past.

 

Now is the time, to do a new thing!

Adopt a new healthy habit, pick up a new hobby, learn a new skill, eat a new fruit, taste a new juice, sing a new song, dance to a new rhythm, speak a new language.

And while you’re attempting all that; eat the cake you’ve always wanted to eat, wear the dress you’ve been saving in your wardrobe.

There’s no better time, place and day than right now, right here, today. Above all, it’s about loving yourself enough to take the first step in creating the life that you love.  Be ready to take that quantum leap of faith and stay true to yourself.  So let’s celebrate life, be it good or not so good. After all, you only live once!

 

What new thing are you trying this year?

Share with us on facebook, tweet to us on twitter or simply follow us on our social media to get a dash of inspiration every fortnight.

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2. Wellness – Do you have the ‘X’ factor?

Do you need a little radiance in your skin or to feel a little more awake throughout the day? Then you need the d-e-t-o-X factor!

Detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health. Start 2016 right with our detox series as we unveil the top 10 foods to cleanse your body (especially after the holiday feasting).

SONY DSC  First on our list is Ginger

Aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger adds a special flavor and zest to Asian stir fries and many fruit and vegetable dishes. Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Ginger can not only be warming on a cold day, but can help promote healthy sweating to assist detoxification.

Whenever possible, choose fresh ginger over the dried form of the spice since it is not only superior in flavor but contains higher levels of gingerol as well as ginger’s active protease (it’s anti-inflammatory compound).  When purchasing fresh ginger root, make sure it is firm, smooth and mold-free.

Fresh ginger can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks if it is left unpeeled. Stored unpeeled in the freezer, it will keep for up to six months.

 


 

3. Ways to Turn up the Heat with Ginger

Ready to take some heat?  Here’s some of our serving suggestions for ginger. Enjoy!

A Few Quick Serving Ideas

a. Ginger lemonade: Simply combine freshly grated ginger, lemon juice, cane juice or honey and water.

b. Salad Dressing: Mix ginger, olive oil and garlic to make a wonderful salad dressing.

c. Add ginger and orange juice to serve up a spicy tangy puréed sweet potatoes.

 


 

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Our shipments come in fresh weekly.  This is the best season for  fruits, such as nectarines, peaches, plums and more! If you have any  questions, do drop us a line or call us up for a chat. Also do ensure you complete your payment before or after checking out, so you receive your order on time.  As with other online stores, we operate on a pre-payment basis. Hence, we’d only be able to process your order upon receiving your payment.

 


Now remember: We are not chefs, nor are we nutritionists or doctors. These are just a few of the ideas we have learned from friends, family and our own studies for your reference. If you have a medical condition, do seek professional medical advice.

  Feed Your Skin

We all know that eating our fruits & veggies will help us be healthier, feel better, and even in cases help us loose weight. But healthy foods have more benefits than just that. Certain healthy produce can also do wonders on your skin! With the increased heat and strength of the sun we will be seeing over the next few months it is very important that we take care of our bodies, outside and in!
Not only do we have to fight against the free radicals in the sun that can lead to skin cancer. But we also have to deal with a large number of other skin related issues such as dry cracked skin, wrinkles, eczema and even acne.
More and more research is being done on the subject and there is an increasing number of articles telling you how important your diet is for your complexion. Issues such as hormonal balance, inflammation and vitamin deficiency does not just affect your inner workings. It also affects your skin. Inflammation is normally associated with aging skin. Hormonal balance can lead to acne. And a lack of vitamins can hide that glow we all wish to have.

10 foods for your skin

1. Yoghurt 
Vitamin A is one of the most widely acknowledged  nutrients for healthy skin  and has been used to  fight against a large range of skin conditions from acne to  burnt skin and even cold sores. Dairy products, and from them especially  yoghurt, is bursting with this skin vitamin! Yoghurt can help your skin stay firm and can retain the elasticity. You can eat a serving a day to smoothen your complexion and even apply it directly to your skin if burnt or suffering from dryness or irritation.

2. Healthy oils
A study done in 2012  analyzed the diets of over  1000 women. One of the     things they found was    that women who consumed around 2 teaspoons of olive  oil a day were showing less signs of aging. This is because of the essential fatty  acids that our body needs. These oils and the acids in them helps keep our skin lubricated and looking healthier. Go for cold-pressed, extra virgin or expeller-processed oils. These types of oils are not overly treated and will still contain the necessary nutrients that are good for your body and your skin. Mix it into your food or apply it to your face together with other items like a body scrub. But remember, oils are high on fat. It is not recommended that you have more than two tablespoons a day.

3. Oatmeal/Cereal
Changing out your sugary white bread breakfast for a  wholemeal muffin, oatmeal or some other  yummy healthier alternative can do wonders for your  health and your skin. Firstly the empty carbs and sugar in the white bread are definitely not good for your skin. Secondly the mineral selenium that connects the different wholemeal, grain based breakfast alternatives does wonders for healthy skin. Selenium can protect and strengthen your skin, playing an important role in the health of skin cells. Studies have shown that even skin damaged by the sun was suffering fewer consequences when selenium levels were high. It may even minimise the risk of skin based cancer!

4. Kale
Kale and other dark leafy greens contain great  nutrients and minerals  that can absorb and  destroy the free radicals created by the UV rays from the sun.  Including those pesky waves that actually breach the sunscreen and reach your  skin. One cup of kale gives you 134% of your daily value of vitamin C and 133% of vitamin A, which can help give you firmer skin.

 

5. Green Tea
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2011  showed that people who  drank a beverage  containing the active ingredient polyphenols in green tea has  smoother more elastic skin. And experience less damage done by sun. Green  tea’s antioxidants can boost blood flow and oxygen to the skin and thereby delivering important nutrients to the skin. On top of these smoothening and skin firming qualities green tea is also anti-inflammatory, which may help prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer. The tasty drink can be consumed normally or used in any number of scrubs and toners, all which will help protect your skin from UV rays!

6. Walnuts
Here it is again! Fatty acids really help keep your  skin cells healthy and in  turn leaves you with a  healthier looking more radiant complexion. Walnuts contain a  lot of omega-3 fatty acids; in fact it is the only nut that had such large amounts!  They’re also loaded with copper, which can increase the production of collagen that will improve your complexion even more! Walnuts can also be used as a beauty product. Crushed walnuts are found in several natural exfoliation recipes online.

7. Dark Chocolate
Looking good never tasted this sweet! The special  antioxidants hiding in  every  tasty bite can help  hydrate your skin and even improve circulation. Smoothing  out your skin and getting rid of dryness and roughness. Of course chocolate also contains a lot of calories so it needs to be consumed in small amounts. Chocolate that is at least 70% cacao is your best choice for supple, softer skin the sweeter way. A couple of squares a day can go a long way at improving the radiance of your skin.  Suffering from puffy eyes? Use a chocolate mask, as the caffeine in the chocolate can temporarily reduce swelling and puffiness.

8. Water
Hydration is key when taking care of your skin.  Making sure you get your  fill of water every day can  help keep your skin looking healthy and even young. But  more than just hydrating your skin, water helps move nutrients in and toxins  out. A natural daily detoxifier that can help keep any unhealthy glow from showing on your skin. Proper amounts of water will also lead to sweating more efficiently. Though none of us enjoy the act of sweating it can in fact help keep your skin clear and clean when that sweat comes from a body properly hydrated by water.

9. Orange Peels 
Oranges have always been known to have a  brightening effect on your  skin. The high amounts of  c-vitamins help keep your skin firm and supple as well.  However what some may not know is that the best part for your skin is the part  that is normally thrown out! Research showed that people who ate the peels (using it as orange/lemon zest for example) protects better against UV rays than the juice and the fruit. This is due to an oil named Limonene, that functions like an internal sunscreen lotion, protecting against those pesky ultraviolet rays.

10. Capsicum
Studies have found that the antioxidants in the  yellow and orange  versions of this veggie  can decrease how sensitive your skin is to light. Other tests also  showed that women who ate green and yellow veggies usually have fewer  wrinkles especially around the eyes. So as such that mean capsicum can help you deal with the sun, but also help fight those annoying Crow’s Feet! Try to consume around two cups of capsicum every day for the best result.


Spearmint Tea: A surprising beauty treatment

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 A fast rising and tasty way to help oily skin, acne and  excess hair, that has recently been bought to our  attention is tea. More specifically; the refreshing flavour  of spearmint tea! Mint had always been known for its  many uses for skin care. All one has to do is take a walk  through the beauty section of a pharmacy and you’re  sure to find a lot of products containing some traces of  mint in one shape or another. And spearmint, mint’s  not so distant cousin, is no different.
Spearmint contains a large quantity of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients. The smell of the tea when brewed is slightly like peppermint, but unlike peppermint is doesn’t contain the same levels of menthol. Instead it is bursting with skin and health boosting ingredients such as limonene, dihydrocaravone and cineol.

Spearmint and hair growth
There are several ways this herb may improve your health and your skin condition. One of which is its apparently effective treatment against hirutism. Overly high levels of androgen hormones, which are often seen to be more masculine, may cause Hirutism.
Hirtuism is an abnormal hair growth, which may lead women to grow unwanted hair on their face, chest, etc. Spearmint may be able to fight this according to newer research conducted and published in the journal of Phytotherapy. In a study conducted on the subject research showed that by drinking 2 cups a day for five days women could reduce the level of androgens in their system and therefore reducing the excess amount of hair. Spearmint basically helped balance out the hormonal imbalance some women suffer through!

Spearmint and acne
More than just helping reduce excess hair spearmint is being praised by many for the effects it may have on oily and acne prone skin. This again boils down to hormonal imbalance, since acne is often present due to an imbalanced amount of testosterone in your system. After drinking spearmint tea regularly for a few weeks you may notice you have clearer skin and reduced recurrences of acne outbreaks!
Spearmint and mint leaves in general are said to work on most types of acne. When consumed in small dosages it may help remove acne naturally without any side effects. This coupled with it’s great anti-inflammatory properties can really improve the quality of your skin.

Spearmint & skin in general
Packed with Vitamin A, spearmint can also help reduce and control the oils in your skin. Leaving you looking less oily and fresher. The A vitamin is also the greatest natural makeup tool in the world, leaving your skin brighter, softer and making you look refreshed and ready to take on the world. Just a few cups of the sweet brew a day and you may notice a natural glow appearing in your skin!
Mint and spearmint may also soothe your skin from a multitude of minor annoyances on top of improving your skin quality. Bursting with anti-inflammatory antioxidants it can help soothe skin irritations and mosquito bites and even soften and soothe dry and itchy skin!

Spearmint and your body
Spearmint is good for more than just your skin however. It is often said to be a great remedy for pains such as headaches, stress, fatigue and bodily strain. It may also help relieve asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems you may be facing.
       Spearmint is also thought to be useful when dealing with digestive issues. A cup should help soothe an upset stomach and deal with issues such as nausea, flatulence and even hiccups! This is due to the relaxing qualities of the herb that allows for it to relax the stomach muscles.
Just like it’s other cousins in the mint family spearmint is a great little worker when fighting against those pesky colds as well. The menthol helps clear your airways whilst soothing sore throats and relaxing muscle cramps from fevers.

Why not give it a try?
Spearmint has a refreshingly clear aroma and soothing quality as well as a lovely aroma when brewed. Its smoother and rounder flavour in comparison to peppermint makes many favour it over the stronger flavour of peppermint, yet it still keeps its warming and cooling notes. It is not only easy to get a hold of but it might also help curb those sugar cravings! So why not give it a try? We know we’re in love with it!

Remember, everything is good in smaller dosages. Please be careful not to consume too much if you are unsure if your constitution could handle it. If in doubt, consult your medical practitioner.
Nothing within this document and on www.sgorganic.sg should be constructed as a diagnosis or personal advice. The information provided is in general notice and does not cover all uses, side effects and possible interactions with medicine.


You can find our range of delicious organic teas from Planet Organic here

Our Spearmint Tea is full of the clean, refreshing flavour of organic spearmint. You can even chill the infusion during hotter days for a thirst quenching ice tea. Find it here

Ingredients: Certified Organic Spearmint Leaf


Green Beauty Smoothie

What You Need
Half an avocado, very ripe
4 to 5 medjool dates, pitted
1 banana, frozen for extra creaminess
1 handful baby spinach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup of ice cubes
Optional extras:
1 tablespoon of Chia seeds

Alicia Lip, Author of the book Raw Vegan on the fast lane, has a deliciously creamy, yet skin nourishing smoothie to share with us this week. Her “Green Beauty” Smoothie will help moisturise your skin whilst fighting against those pesky signs of aging. Look great and feel great with this tasty smoothie that has a caramel sweetness from the dates and is an absolute joy to drink!

We all know that avocados are great for your skin. Especially when it comes to moisturising your skin. Packed with yummy omega 3 acids avocado can help rejuvenate dry skin. But more than just that the tasty treat is bursting with Vitamin E as well! Vitamin E can help in the fight against acne and will keep your skin feeling soft and supple. No wonder we love avocados so much!
Baby spinach is another healthy green that packs a nutritious punch. Loaded with vitamin A, C, E and even K, as well as vital minerals, this tiny superhero plays an important role in the battle against acne, poor complexion and tired skin.
Want an extra little boost? Add in some chia seeds to the mix. The superfood is always a welcome addition in our own smoothies and a fantastic power food. The high antioxidant levels in the tiny seeds can help combat the inflammation in your skin which can remove puffiness, redness and lend a helping hand in the fight against spots and acne.
And it’s so easy to make too! Just add all the ingredients together in your blender. Blend till smooth and enjoy!

Then why not pre-make and prepare in advance?

Prepare, cut and place the ingredients in ziplock bags in your freezer! This way you can easily just take one out for a quick run through the blender whenever you feel the need for a yummy dose of smoothie beauty!

 

Contributed by:


Alicia Ann Lip
is the creator of  StayingRaw.com, a raw vegan website featuring  vegan smoothies, juices and raw food recipes. No dairy, gluten, wheat or refined  sugar are found in any of her healthy and fresh recipes. Her recipes are made from mainly fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Turned raw vegan two years ago and had a life changing experience ever since. She is eager and passionate about raw foods and would want to share her passion with others.


 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SG Organic or anyone affiliated with the company.

  10 Reasons to eat organic

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  1. Don’t be part of the GMO experiment. GMO’s (or genetically modified organisms if you prefer) haven’t withstood long enough prior testing to show the long-term effects of products that use these GMO’s will have on your body. So in fact by consuming GMO’s it’s like we’re taking part in an uncontrolled experiment using our own bodies. No thanks!
  1. Stay healthy! There are possible health risks that can come from eating GMO’s and pesticides and every year more research is produced showing us the potential health threats of genetically modified produce. Some of the results found in these studies include allergies, liver problems, tumors and organ damage. (Have a look at Jeffrey M. Smith’s book Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette for more info).

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  1. You are what you eat. As I mentioned before the list started I have become more aware of what I stuff into my “pie hole” after starting to actively trying to live organic. And by doing this I have become increasingly aware of the truth of the statement: You are what you eat. If nothing else eating organic helps you become more aware of the relationship between your food, you and the rest of the world around us.
  1. Lemons instead of pesticides in my drinking water please. In some cases Pesticides have found it’s way into the drinking water after having been sprayed on the farmland and dragged towards lakes or reservoirs by rainwater. Not only does this damage the life in the rivers and oceans around us, but it also means that in some cases we will be drinking pesticides when having tap water. Organic farming doesn’t use these pesticides and is therefore better for our water and Mother Nature.

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  1. You are unique, just like everyone else. Organic farming supports biodiversity, an important part of life here on earth and how veggies learn to change to become immune to certain environmental changes and blossom anew. Non-Organic and GMO based produce focuses on a monoculture – every little apple or carrot has to be identical – and they are slowly ruining the earths biodiversity.
  1. Organic is richer. Studies have shown that organic food may be richer in certain nutrients than processed food as some fruits and vegetables loose nutrients over time or due to certain treatments. This is a highly debated item on the list that many are still looking deeper intwhy organic point 10o. I’m adding it because, hey, what do you have to loose? You either get the same amount of nutrients or you get more! (Check out the Life Force Diet study for more information).
  1. Eat food, not pesticides. Studies have shown that around 15-18% of all genetically modified seeds are actually engineered so that the food that grows from them produces its own pesticides! There has also been research that has shown us that these seeds and plants continue to produce pesticides even when cut, washed and eaten. That means that it actually produces these toxins INSIDE your body… Freaky…

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Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen
To some The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen might just sound like numerical band names. But to those who care about the amount of synthetic pesticides in their food it is so much more than that. The dirty dozen and the clean fifteen refer respectively to the fruits & vegetables that are most and least likely to contain pesticide residue, according to the Environmental Working Group.

In short the dirty dozen list is basically a list of produce you should buy organic, whenever possible. So whether you are on a budget and wish to get the most out of your organic purchases or you just want to know which produce had the highest pesticide residues, the list is a great help.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzes data from the American Department of Agriculture about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or little pesticide residue they have. The group has estimated that individuals may reduce their exposure by 80% if they switch to organic when buying the 12 foods on their dirty dozen list.

Why should we care?
Pesticides are made to be toxic and poisonous for the various pests that might attack produce. Different pesticides have been linked to several types of health issues. So by choosing organic produce whenever you can within the dirty dozen list you can enjoy the many health benefits from your daily fruits & veggies without worrying about the risk of the potentially harmful chemicals that might still cling to them!

According to the studies done by EWG every sample of imported nectarines and 99% of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue! One single grape contained 15 pesticides and the average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food tested. That’s a lot of pesticides that we could avoid consuming by just adjusting our shopping list a little!

So what are the Dirty Dozen foods?
Underneath you will find a listing of the 12 worst offenders, ranking from most to least pesticide residue. However, if you wish to see other offenders EWG offers an extensive list of produce free for anyone to browse.

 

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  2. Strawberries
  3. Grape
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Capsicum
  8. Nectarines
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Sugar Snap Peas
  12. Potatoes


In addition to these there are also three other vegetables added to EWG’s Dirty Dozen Plus list.These three products contain, according to EWG’s research, trace levels of some highly hazardous pesticides. Leafy greens, more specifically kale and collard greens, along with hot peppers fall under this category.

What about the clean fifteen?
EWG’s Clean Fifteen, the produce least likely to contain pesticide residues, are avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. These fruits & veggies were found to have a low concentration of pesticides and had relatively little residue from pesticides on them.

Source: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/


Spring salad with Fennel & Lemon Vinaigrette

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2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
1 block of organic tofu, diced
2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
3 green shallots, diced
1 large carrot, diced 
1 large red capsicum, diced
1 large corn cob, cooked 
1/2 cup edamame beans
1 cauliflower, florets removed
4 tablespoons tamari (or to taste)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Chilli flakes (to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
Optional extras: 1 small head of broccoli, added with the carrot and capsicums. 1/2 cup of peas to replace the edamame beans. 2 tablespoons of soy sauce to replace the tamari. ½ cup chopped celery

One of the most common questions I get asked when coaching clients and when talking to people is how to cook up a fast fresh meal, especially during busy weeknights. This dish is your go- to busy mums (and everyone else too!). It’s so easy to make, packs a huge vegetable punch for big and little kids.

Fast Family tip: If you have a food processor all of the chopping can easily be quickly whizzed up in there.

To make:
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Gently cook the tofu until lightly golden. Remove from the frying pan and set aside.

Add the last tablespoon of oil to the frying pan along with the garlic and the shallots. Cook until fragrant and soft. Add the carrot and the capsicum and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Remove the corn kernels from the cob of corn and add to the frying pan, along with the edamame beans. Stir to combine.

Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles ‘rice’. If you haven’t got a food processor you can grate the cauliflower using a box grater. Place the cauliflower into a nut milk bag or between a few sheets of paper towel to remove the excess liquid. Add the cauliflower to the frying pan and combine with the other vegetables.

Add the tamari, chilli, salt and pepper and combine. Stir in the cooked tofu. To finish add the sesame oil and combine. Serve.

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Sarah TambuLogo2rrini, is a Health Coach and a Beautiful You Life Coach in-training. With a background in children’s occupational therapy, Sarah supports frustrated and anxious parents, helping them regain the health and wellbeing of their children by replacing sugar and ‘junk food’ diets with deliciously wholesome ‘real food’. Sarah’s got all the favourites (and more) cleaned up, ready to win children over! Join Sarah in her unwavering belief of food as medicine + recipe whizz skills + passion for un-picking picky eating, at Practise Glow. (http://www.practiseglow.com)


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  Improving your shopping experience!

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SG Organic is not only about fruits & vegetables anymore. We are working hard to make sure we can improve both our product ranges and with more lifestyle oriented changes, a new shop front and even a blog in the making! We are growing steadily and we would love for you to grow with us!


A new home for SG Organic
Our largest change for the first part of this year will be our new face outward to you guys. We have taken all the feedback we have gotten from our customers and are working hard to create a much more customer friendly shop that makes your shopping experience as easy and fun as possible.

When our new shop opens up it will be easier for you to spend your stored credit, find what you are looking for, see new products and much easier for you to take advantage of our standing order system as well!

We are even updating our delivery windows! A new, easier system will help you choose your delivery window, and new timings will help ensure that your order arrives when you are at home. Ready for you to cook and prepare for your lunches, dinners and juices for the next week.

Don’t fear the shift however! We will make sure to keep you informed about all the little changes to make it as easy as possible to transition to our new page. Keep an eye on our page, our social media as well as these emails from us to learn more about our new webpage.

Shop on the go!
Singapore is a connected city. And we want to connect with you. To make this easier we are slowly but surely working on an app to help you read, buy and grow with us.

The app will be ready at the end of March and will feature a lot of flash sales and special promotions for all of you. The new app will also have special offers that will only be available on the app. So stay tuned for more news about this exiting change and get ready to shop organic on the go!

Changes but still quality
All of our changes are aimed at improving the quality of the service we are providing for you. We are updating our boxes, bringing in new products and even having more flash sales. But all of this has just one aim: To make your healthy lifestyle a fun and rewarding one.

If you have any products you can’t find on our pages, special changes you wish to make to one of our boxes or any questions you may want answers to don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you bring even more wellness into your life!


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Give the gift of wellness!
All of us here at SG Organic know how important good health is to you. We also know how important your family and friends are. That’s why we are now offering gift baskets for all those special occasions! The baskets range from $40 to $70 and are filled with fruit and chocolate.

Any gift box from us can be customised to suit your need, and we will wrap it all up in a woven basket for you. Decorating with a bow and a card. The card can either be generic or contain your own words to the recipient. Just write it as a comment!

We are also currently offering a special Prosperity Pack that can be purchased for only $13.88 (Normal price: $19). Containing two organic oranges and two Red Dragon Organic Ginger Beers that are the perfect gift for a Chinese New Year visit! It comes nicely wrapped on a wooden tray with a red packet inside containing a New Years Greeting.

So give someone you love a little bit of wellness as a gift this year! And if you want to customise the experience please send us an email at hello@sgorganic.sg (mailto:hello@sgorganic.sg) or give us a call at 9832 9814!

Our baskets can be delivered with other already placed orders without any extra delivery cost or it can be delivered and/or ordered for self-collection like any normal box


Spring salad with Fennel & Lemon Vinaigrette

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For the salad:
1 Cucumber
1 Red Capsicum
1 Head lettuce
1 pineapple
1 Zucchini
For the vinaigrette:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
½ cup of fennel fronds
½ lemon juice
½ tsp of white pepper

You can add any other fruits or veggies you wish to your salad as well, but try to keep it light as the freshness might not work very well with items such as kumera etc. Add a pinch of lemon zest to the vinaigrette for that little something extra.

This was another recipe that came into being as a result of throwing away too many fennel fronds. It is a fresh, lovely salad with a, even fresher, light vinaigrette that works great with light spring salads of this type.

Start by chopping, combining and cooling down the salad in the fridge to keep it fresh and ready to serve. The salad can also be made a good while after the vinaigrette, as the vinaigrette needs to settle a bit before being served.

As for the vinaigrette you want to first make sure that all your ingredients are at room temperature before starting, as the mixture already can separate quite easily and the cold makes this more likely to happen often. Mix the ingredients together and either run them through the blender to mix the oil with the vinegar or put them in a sealed bottle or jar and shake well.

Once you have managed to blend the mixture together leave it for 1-3 hours before serving to allow the taste of the fennel and lemon to mingle with the vinegar and oil. Make sure you do not refrigerate it as the cold will just cause separation instead of allowing the different flavours to mix. Shake well and sprinkle a bit on your salad right before eating. Enjoy!

Tip: If you wish to test your vinaigrette before serving, tear off a small piece of lettuce and dip in the mixture. It gives a better idea of how the mixture will taste on the salad than just testing it bare.


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 A new Year and New Beginnings!

shutterstock_2083661592014 is  over now and we are all venturing  into a  brand new year, 2015! And with a  new  year comes new experiences. For  us here at SG Organic we have a lot of new  experiences to look forward to. We are  working on a new webpage, an app, new  products, and much more! The first of  these new changes to appear is this  newsletter. Over the next year and in the  future we will share information,  special deals, recipe ideas and other useful  tips and tricks for your organic lifestyle  twice a month.

As our motto states we want to help you bring wellness into your life and share our little tips and tricks with you along the way. Just as our fruit and veggie boxes help create a variety in your diet we want to make an extra effort by sharing information and recipes with you here and through our social media accounts!

Now remember: We are not chefs, nor are we nutritionists. These are just a few of the ideas we have learned from friends, family and our own studies.


 

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 We are getting in some new yummy fruit and veg this Thursday,  so make sure to check them out! This is the best season for  fruits, with sweet treats such as grapes, nectarines, dragon fruit  and packham pears and rock melon and more! On the veggie  side things are heating up with both chilli and green capsicum  coming into stock again!

We won’t know for sure until the stocks come in, but stop by  our online shop for your fruit and veggie fix! If you have any  questions about possible fruits & veggies that you are interested  in buying, don’t hesitate to send us an email, give us a call or  talk to us via one of our social media accounts!


Let’s start of on a high note

New beginnings for many might mean New Year Resolutions, and it might also mean getting rid of that extra holiday weight that often mysteriously appears every Christmas and New Year (Still trying to figure out why! ). One way of starting 2015 the right way and keeping to a promise of a healthier lifestyle can be through a simple detox. Detoxing is a great way to remove toxins, fats and other resins your body are better off without. And when done right it’s super yummy! Why not try out the tasty detox juice we are sharing with you below?


New Year Detox Juice!

Strawberries
1/2 bunch spinach
1 handful strawberries
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 celery stalk
2 red apples
1 inch ginger

 

For an even healthier detox, try to use organic products!

Use a coldpressed juicer to make the juice or add one banana and make it a smoothie using a blender.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the beginning of the year with us.


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